Russia ratifies child adoption agreement with Spain

The State Duma has ratified a Russian-Spanish agreement on cooperation in the adoption of Russian children.

The State Duma has ratified a Russian-Spanish agreement on cooperation in the adoption of Russian children.

The document was signed in Madrid in July 2014.

The agreement creates a legal framework for Russian-Spanish cooperation on child adoption. It spells out principles of child adoption in the other country, requirements for foster parents, control over living conditions and upbringing of the adopted child, and other aspects.

"The main purpose of the agreement is to protect the interests of the children given up for international adoption. The agreement is based on the principles and provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child of November 20, 1989, and the Convention of May 29, 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption," according to a memo to the bill ratifying the agreement.

Currently, Russia has similar agreements with Italy and France.

According to the Ministry of Science and Education, Spanish citizens have adopted 7,517 Russian children in the past nine years, including 303 in 2013.

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